Tsvangirai who was in the town to visit the chrome mining firm, Zimasco, decided to take a way about to a nearby flea market where he was initially met by a few curious residents before the crowd grew into a mob of people chanting, “he is our real president, Tsvangirai is our president.”
One women said, “Prime Minister we are suffering and can’t even manage to buy bread for our kids , we are only surviving on selling these Zhing Zhongs. Our husbands are out of work, so we don’t know what to do with the children.”
Although she was struggling to tell the Prime Minister to at least buy something, she was elated that Tsvangirai had infect just touched a Chinese belt among her wares. She told Radio VOP, that she will not sell the belt but keep it as a souvenir to remind her of that rare encounter with the MDC leader.
Tsvangirai also visited the Shurugwi Town Council offices where he lamented the state of infrastructure in the town. The council building
although it had a new coat of paint outside, it hardly had furniture with the premier and his delegation being forced to sit of primary school type desks and chairs for a meeting with council officials.
Tsvangirai said it was sad that the once thriving mining town was now a haven for illegal chrome miners without much happening in people’s lives. He told the residents that his government will do everything in its power to resuscitate the mines in the area .